Hewitts ghost frog is a very attractive frog adapted to life in fast-flowing mountain streams and rivers. It is a member of one of the most ancient families of the Neobatrachia (the modern frogs and toads). Adults remain concealed in holes or rock cracks during the day, emerging at night to feed or mate during the breeding season (October to January). This species is threatened by habitat destruction and degradation as a result of logging, pine plantations, fires, the construction of water storage reservoirs/dams/roads, soil erosion, stream siltation, the introduction of predatory fish, and intensive ecotourism. The virulent fungal disease chytridiomycosis, responsible for catastrophic amphibian declines globally, also threatens this species.
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